Join me as we venture to the exotic island of Madagascar for an amazing Photographic trip. Experience the extraordinary natural diversity that Madagascar has to offer, from their various species of lemurs to the exotic chameleons and frogs that reside there. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and features over 150,000 unique flora and fauna species which can’t be found anywhere else on the planet! Nature lovers and photographers must experience this incredible dream destination! We also focus on getting milky way shots on Baobab Avenue (if the weather gods are kind to us) and the Tsingy, a UNESCO heritage site. Additionally we will provide access to some amazing local families to make portraits with flash setup and do some market Photography.
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and pro photographers. Isalo walk is a bit hard, unfit people can skip this trip and visit some other area near that location. Travel by private a/c car or minibus Moderate elevation changes and some walking.
(*non-photographers also welcome)
Day 1: May 28 2020: Your destination – ANTANANARIVO Meeting at Ivato international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa or similar
Day 2: May 29 2020:ANTANANARIVO–ANDASIBE (140Km about 3 hour–drive) Drive to Andasibe through a landscape composed of rice paddies, aterfalls, and scarce forest stations. In Marozevo, stop at the exotic park in order to see a variety of chameleons. Continuation to Andasibe and check-in at the hotel. Before dinner, off for a night walk to see some nocturnal species of animals. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Sahatandra River Hotel or similar
Day 3: May 30 2020:- ANTANANARIVO After breakfast, morning visit of the reserve to see the Indri-Indri lemurs, the largest species of the lemurs,brown lemurs, birds, chameleons. In the afternoon, you will have the visit of the private reserve of Vakona in which you see some crocs, wild ducks, snakes, tortoises and the famous fosa. You will also have the opportunity to feed and even carry some lemurs on your shoulders. After the visit, you will have a road trip back to the Capital City. Overnight at the hotel
Accommodation: Au Bois Vert or similar
Day 4: May 31 2020: ANTANANARIVO – MORONDAVA MD 702 13.20/14 .20 Transfer to the airport for flight to Morondava. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the city. First excursion to the Baobab avenue, and catch pictures of the sunset and the starry sky Overnight at the hotel
Accommodation: Renala au Sable d’or or similar
Day 5: June 01 2020: MORONDAVA In the morning possibility to visit the market and catch some market scenes. Departure to the Baobab in Love and the Baobab Avenue to admire the beauty of the scenery, catch pictures of the sunset and the starry sky. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Renala au Sable d’or or similar
Day 6: June 02 2020: MORONDAVA – KIRINDY (45 km about 2 hours) You’ll drive first by 4 WD car along some villages and then through the Baobab Avenue. Continue to Kirindy and visit the Kirindy dry forest reserve (to see birds, lemurs, tenrecs and reptiles and birds), a walk of around 1,5 to 3 hours on mostly flat trails. Overnight at the new lodge near the reserve.
Accommodation: Relais du Kirindy or similar
Day 7: June 03 2020: KIRINDY -BELO – BEKOPAKA (160 Km about 7 hours Early visit of the reserve, then drive to Tsimafana at the Tsiribihina river, and ferry transfer for you and the car to cross the river. Drive through the small town of Belo sur Tsiribihina, then to Bekopaka. On the way, you’ll see dry plains with some bush, palm and baobab trees. Before arriving in the village of Bekopaka, you and the car will have to cross the Manambolo river on a small local ferry. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
Day 8: June 04 2019: BEKOPAKA Visit of the large TSINGY, rare sharp limestone pinnacles, up to 50 m high, sheltering some species of lemurs, various species of birds and many endemic plants. This walk is sporty and exhausting, you need to be fit, It goes up and down, sometimes steep, you have to climb on some ladders, and will wear for security reasons a harness. This Tsingy of Bemaraha are on the UNESCO list of the world nature sites, and a large part of the park is not accessible for the public. . In the afternoon, optional visit of the small Tsingy with its limestone pinnacles, the Tsingy have been millions of years under water, and so you can also see some fossils enclosed in the limestone. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Olympe du Bemaraha or similar
Day 9: June 05 2020: BEKOPAKA – BELO – MORONDAVA (200 km about 9 hours drive) After breakfast, you and the car will have to cross the Manambolo River on a small local ferry again. Drive to Belo, and after this small town, cross the Tsiribihina river on another local ferry boat, then continue to Morondava through the Baobab Alley again. You may want to experience the sunset there, a magic moment! Continuation to Morondava and overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Renala au Sabre d’or or similar
Day 10: June 06 2020 : MORONDAVA – ANTSIRABE (555 km about 10 hour drive) After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Antsirabe – the “Town of Water”: so called because of its numerous thermal springs and the existence of two crater lakes. Overnight at the hotel
Accommodation: Chambres du Voyageur or similar
Day 11: June 07 2020: ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA (240 Km about 5 hour-drive) After breakfast, drive to Ranomafana. – Stop in Ambositra for the visit of some Zafimaniry handicrafts centres: woodcarving. Continuation to Ranomafana. Check in at the hotel. Night walk along the road to try to see the nocturnal species of lemurs (mouse lemurs) and perhaps fossa (the Malagasy “Puma”). Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Accommodation: Centrest Séjour or similar
Day 12: June 08 2020: RANOMAFANA – AMBALAVAO (141 Km about 3 hour-drive) After breakfast, visit of the some 40’000 hectares big National park with its lemurs, chameleons, spiders, frogs, varieties of orchids and medicinal plants. Only in 1986 was discovered the golden Bamboo lemurs here, and there are more than 100 species of birds. This walk takes around 3 to 4 hours, and goes mostly on trails, sometimes a bit steep up and down, and sometimes you’ll go off the paths and into the forest to spot the lemurs, it’s a bit exhausting and requires endurance and agility. After lunch, off to Ambalavao – the commercial centre of the southern Betsileo region, renowned for its folks, arts and crafts – to visit the “Antemoro Paper” factory. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Tsienimparihy Lodge or similar
Day 13: June 09 2020: AMBALAVAO – RANOHIRA (240 Km about 4 hour-drive) A short drive and then stop 12km south of Ambalavao to visit the Anja park, where you can see on a walk of around two hours on a little bumpy tracks, but not steep, some families of ring-tailed Katta lemurs in their natural surroundings.. Another stop 12km south of Ambalavao to visit the Anja park, where you can see on a walk of around two hours on a little bumpy tracks, but not steep, some families of ring-tailed Katta lemurs in their natural surroundings. Continuation to Ranohira. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Isalo Ranch or similar
Day 14: June 10 2020: RANOHIRA Morning trek inside the Isalo National Park to discover on a walk of around three to five hours on sometimes bumpy tracks, at some parts a bit steep, the massif of Isalo, its ruin like sandstones, canyons, endemic fauna and flora (Lemurs and endemic plants such as Pachypodium , aloes,..) and to swim in its natural pool. Back to the hotel and overnight. Accommodation: Isalo Ranch or similar
Day 15: June 11 2020: RANOHIRA – TULEAR (240 Km about 4 hour-drive) After breakfast, off to Tuléar along a straight road. The landscape is composed of high bushes, thick gallery forests and some proudly decorated Mahafaly tombs. In Tulear, visit of the Arboretum with many species of endemic plants. Overnight at the hotel. Accommodation: Victory Hotel or similar
Day 16: June 12 2020: TULEAR – ANTANANARIVO MD713 09.35/11.15 According to the flight , transfer to the airport for the flight back to the capital . Meeting at the airport and transfer to the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Residence Lapasoa or similar
Day 17: June 13 2020: ANTANANARIVO – Your destination Visit of a handicraft market then transfer to the airport for the flight to your home airport.
INCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION
-All airport transfers
-Accommodation based on bed and breakfast
-Parks and reserve fees
-Service of local guides in parks and reserves
-Car or bus rental with a driver for the road trip
-Ferry transfers across the rivers
-Road transfers Morondava – Belo – Bekopaka – Morondava in 4 wheel drive cars,
-Fuel and driver’s indemnities
-Tourist levy and VAT -English speaking guide during the whole tour PRICING: 3250 USD PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 687 USD
BOOK ONLINE HERE: www.bit.ly/2RClke4
EXCLUDED IN THE EXPEDITION
-Domestic flights with airport taxes: Antananarivo – Morondava, Tuléar – Antananarivo: € 520 per person (EURO NOT USD)
-Visa fees 35 €
-International flights and their taxes
-All other meals and drinks
-Personal insurance for eventualities like accidents, theft or damage to luggage, cancellation etc
Tariffs are subject to changes, especially if heavy fluctuation in exchange rate and/or fuel prices. All tours and tariffs are subject to changes in case of cancellations or overbooking of flights, changes in timetable, bad weather and road conditions, strike, political troubles, problems with fuel supply, tribal and other war, closing of sites, natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, floods and other acts of God.
Accommodation is included for all nights in the price of this tour and based on shared double room. Extra charges apply for single occupancy.
Sometimes we eat local food and go to restaurants on the way. Some areas are remote so will eat local (clean) food.
HOW TO BOOK
We aim to respond within one working day. Once we receive your enquiry we will check availability and confirm this to you, and also reserve you a place on the tour. We will send you an invoice for the deposit (25% of the tour cost). Once this has been received your tour will be fully confirmed.
The remaining balance should be paid at least 3 weeks before arrival in Bangkok.
INTERNATIONAL BANK TRANSFER
You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card online. The banks can charge extra fees for online payments or transfers. Take a look here for more payment information.
PAYABLE TO: Asia 4 You Co Ltd, based in Onnut 53 Yeek 1-7, Ket Praweth Bangkok 10250.
Bangkok Bank: Account Number: 232-481172-4
Branch: Seacon Square SWIFT code is BKKBTHBK
Email payment slip to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since our groups consists of many nationalities the first thing to do is well in advance check which documents and visas you need for your destination. Countries like India can take a while to process a tourist visa so don’t wait till the last week to get your documents in order.
We cannot be responsible for any guest being not allowed entry at the destinations for any refund, so please check carefully all needed documents.
Why not extend your stay in on of the most beautiful beaches of the world. We take care of your extensions to relax and enjoy your holiday even more.
CITY EXTENSION BANGKOK
We have an amazing extension in Bangkok, where we visit the photographic highlights of the Big Mango, and a visit to South Bangkok and the old capital city of Ayuthaya, contact us for more information, it can be a pre-or post trip for the Cambodia Program as you will likely arrive and depart in Bangkok from your international flights.
CAMERA MATERIAL TO BRING
Your camera body with a medium zoom lens (ex 24-70 or 24-105mm)
A wide angle lens for landscape (Prime or zoom) 12 or 14mm
A telelens or portrait lens (70-200mm) and 85mm prime
Enough memory cards and batteries
A storage device (notebook)
A small tripod (best is one you can hide as some extra fees might be applied for professional photographers)
and more: external hard drives, protective gear for rain,
OTHER MATERIAL TO BRING
Good walking shoes, protective gear for rain and sun, anti mosquito spray,
Insurance and vaccinations
It is wise to get a good insurance for your travel period and check with your local doctor or tropical institute if you need any vaccinations for the country of travel. Malaria prophylactics is recommended.